While I have a drawer (OK, a couple drawers) full of tennis specific clothes, some of my recent go-to pieces are ones that I can wear casually, for tennis and for other outdoor activities.
tasc Women's Summer Streets V-Neck Top ($30
One of my favorite new finds is tasc. The styles are simple, making them versatile, and the fabric is so comfortable that as soon as I wash my tees, I want to wear them again. The fabric is the star with tasc clothing. The signature fabric is a bamboo-organic cotton combo that offers comfort and performance. With the summer rays shining down, it’s more important than ever to think of sun protection. All of tasc’s clothing provides UPF 50+ protection. The feel is amazing. The fabric is lightweight and breathable — two musts for hot weather.
On our Pinterest page, we have a fun board called “UV got style!” Not only a great play on words (acronyms?), this board is also a great place to check out some of our favorite UV protective styles. We pinned the long-sleeve top, and someone asked if you could really play comfortably in the summer in it. Well, I suppose it probably does rely somewhat on what your summers are like. Where we’re based — San Luis Obispo, Calif. — our summers are fairly mild compared to other parts of the country. Most of the time, the highs don’t top the mid-80s.
That's a model wearing the tasc Women's Basic Core LS V-Neck Top ($35), not me!
I’ve been wearing my white tasc long-sleeve on the court comfortably this summer. We may not have searing temperatures here, but our UV Index is off the charts. I don’t sunburn easily in most places, but the sun burns brightly here and I can burn in an hour if I forget to apply sunblock or cover up. I’m planning on picking up more longsleeve tasc tops for this summer’s backpacking trip, too.
You’re probably wondering about the sweat factor. tasc’s fabric is more than 50 percent cotton, and cotton has a nasty reputation for sticking. Some women don’t sweat. I’m not one of those women. I sweat, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I work hard! The bamboo does offer wicking enough for me, but it may not for all.
I’m not the only tasc fan in the playtesting office, and Jason has been wearing tasc to play tennis. Overall he loves his shirt. He says, “I thought the fit/cut was great; it’s not as boxy as other brands. It was very lightweight, breathable and very soft.”
But when it came to sweat, it did the job but maybe not as well as pieces that are 100 percent polyester. Still, it’s not enough to deter him from playing in tasc.
“The one downside that I found was that even though the shirt did a great job wicking away sweat from my body, the sweat didn’t evaporate as quickly as I would’ve liked from the shirt itself,” Jason explains. “But I’d definitely add more tasc shirts to my tennis wardrobe.”
I’m with Jason. I, too, will be adding more tasc tops to my wardrobe, but I’ll be mixing them into my daily wardrobe as an active, working mom!